THE CAKE – Rivendell Theater – 5779 N Ridge Ave, Chicago, IL 773-334-7728 rivendelltheatre.org
Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed of getting married in her small North Carolina hometown, so she heads down south with her partner to ask Della, her late mother’s best friend, to do the honors of making the wedding cake at her bakery. Della’s cakes are legendary, even earning her a spot as a contestant on the “Great American Baking Show.” She is overjoyed at Jen’s request until she realizes there’s not just one bride, but two, forcing her to re-examine some of her deeply-held beliefs, as well as her own marriage. Faith, family, and frosting collide in this touching and timely new play.
Q-tips say: See it! Well done, good acting, humor, good set design and sound. Yes, the Rivendell Theater (Free parking is just one block away at Senn High School) is a theater that performs for and about women’s issues. There are some scenes depicting sexual acts, but some are most left up to the imagination. Other scenes are not left up to the imagination – therefore, this play is NOT for children unless you are ready to answer many questions of why or because? Many issues going on in this play, therefore, makes for good thought provoking conversations. This play is based on: Supreme Court Case Of Baker Vs. Same-Sex Couple in CO. A baker refused to make a Wedding Cake for a gay couple.
Mrs. Q says: There is a surprise at the end of the play.